Ready to Help

Dear Parishioners,

Today we’ve heard a message about putting our trust in God. Jesus, in today’s gospel, speaks to the crowd and tells them the Beatitudes.

When we hear Jesus refer to the poor, He’s speaking about those people who had come to realize that they couldn’t depend on the things of this world for happiness. Jesus calls them blessed because they looked to God for their happiness. God meant everything to them, material things meant next to nothing. These people, as Jesus said, were truly blessed.

God is like that. He is always ready to help us. God is especially ready to help us when we are powerless to help ourselves.

St. Augustine expressed the trust we should have in God in these words:

“Trust the past to God’s Mercy,

the present to His Love,

and the future to His Providence.”


Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick


God's Call

Dear Parishioners,

 We’re all called by God in a particular way.  We might hear God’s Voice in our prayer or possibly through a dramatic intervention in our life. Most probably, though, most of us hear God’s Voice in the ordinary routine of daily life and work.

In the gospel today, Jesus called Peter during an ordinary day’s work. While Peter was washing his nets, not having much success fishing, Jesus happened to choose Peter’s boat from which to teach His people.

Whether it takes us to the other side of the world or keeps us in our hometown and neighborhood, the encounter with God will always have an effect on us, if we allow it. It can transform us and will be life-giving, as long as we respond with generosity and trust.

God’s Call is never just for us, for our own benefit. It is for a greater purpose. He gives us a task, a mission: to be messengers, to speak words of love and healing to His people; to announce His Salvation to the world; to become fishers of men and women; to invite all people to become part of God’s Kingdom.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

1st Corinthians

Dear Parishioners,

Whenever I celebrate a wedding, the couple getting married has the option to choose the readings. One of the most common readings at a wedding is today’s second reading. It is taken from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.

It is best known for the words, “Love is patient, love is kind.” This is a beautiful reading about love. It tells us about seeing the best in one another.

Jesus asks all of us to love one another. He taught us to love not only by His words but by the love He showed for all of us. One day we hope to be with the Lord in heaven. We prepare for that day by following Jesus’s teaching of love. I’d like to conclude with this prayer where we ask the Lord to help us to love like He does:

Lord, teach each one of us

that here on earth

You have no hands but ours

to reach out to the needy.

You have no heart but ours

to embrace the lonely.

You have no voice but ours

to share the message

of why you lived, suffered and died for us.

Lord, teach us that here on earth

we are your hands,

we are your voice,

we are your heart.


Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick

P.S. Thank you very much to all of our Parishioners who donated to the Christmas collection. We have received $32,464.00 to date.  

P.P.S I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the Flower Memorials.  The list of donors is available at the church entrances.




Sharing the Message

Dear Parishioners,

I read a story about an elderly man who was admitted into a hospital for treatment. A nurse was asking him routine questions to complete the hospital forms. She asked him, “What is your religious preference?” The old man responded, “I’m awfully glad you asked that. I’ve always wanted to be a Catholic, but no one has ever asked me. You’re the first one.”

This story raises an important question. Why do so many of us hesitate to share our faith with other people? If we believe the Gospel is the good news, why don’t we share it with others?

In today’s gospel, Jesus is reading from the prophet Isaiah. The words of Isaiah are telling about Jesus’s ministry: “proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, let the oppressed go free.” Isaiah is speaking about the love of Jesus.

As we listen to Jesus’s words and follow His teaching of love, we pass on Christ’s message. We do this by our example. By staying true to the teachings of Christ, we will share our faith with others.

Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


A Good Friend

Dear Parishioners,

The writer Ralph Waldo Emerson had a remarkable line in one of his essays. He wrote, “Our chief want in life is somebody who can make us do what we can.” He also added, “This is the service of a good friend.”

A good friend is someone who will support us in recognizing and achieving our potential. In the gospel today when there was no more wine at the wedding, Mary said to the servers, “Do whatever He tells you.” Jesus then told the servers to fill the jars with water. The servers listened to both Jesus and Mary, and there was plenty of wine for everyone at the wedding.

Jesus is that good friend to all of us. By following what Jesus teaches us, He will help us to do what we could never do on our own. All we need to do is to listen to the words that Mary said to the servers at the wedding, “Do whatever he tells you.”


Sincerely in Christ,

                                      Father Dominick


Christmas Every Day

Dear Parishioners,

On December 25, we celebrated Christmas, the birth of our Savior. Since then, it has been the Christmas season in the church, continuing the celebration of Jesus coming into the world.

The first Sunday after Christmas was the Feast of the Holy Family. On that day, we celebrated the family that was formed on Christmas; Saint Joseph, the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus our Savior.

The second Sunday after Christmas was the Epiphany. We celebrated the Three Wise Men who were led to the newborn Jesus by following a star. When they arrived, the Wise Men presented Jesus with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Today the Christmas season ends with Jesus, now an adult, being baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. Jesus would then begin His public ministry, teaching about the Kingdom of God.

The Christmas season is a beautiful time in the church, remembering Jesus’s birth and the events that followed. Although the season has ended, Jesus is always present. Let’s continue to make Jesus visible.

Christmas is a time when family and friends come together. We think especially about those who are less fortunate and we make a point of giving God time in our lives. If we continue to do this, we will make Jesus visible not only at Christmas, but every day.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

A Family

Dear Parishioners,

I hope everyone enjoyed this past week as we celebrated Christmas. I am sure many of you were together with your families, exchanged presents and enjoyed special time together. I know after the Masses Christmas Day I went to see my family. We exchanged presents and I enjoyed the time with them.

Today we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. When we think of them, about what they’ve done and who they are to us, it’s difficult to think of them as any ordinary family. Yet the Holy Family presented to us in today’s Gospel is a truly human family. What they experienced when they lived here on earth is very similar to what so many of us experience in our own lives.

When Mary gave birth to Jesus, a family was formed. Now Joseph already had to make a difficult decision when he learned that Mary was expecting a baby. Then he and Mary were forced to travel to a strange town where Mary would give birth. Because they couldn’t find a room, Mary was forced to give birth in a stable, which is where she gave birth to Jesus and laid Him in a manger.

Today, in our families, we fulfill God’s plan as we go about our regular way of life. Throughout all the changes that have come about in modern living, the family has remained important. It is through regular family life that we can grow in holiness and in knowledge of God’s Will. It is by facing Life’s happiness and difficulties together as a family that we grow in understanding and in love.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick

Christmas

Dear Parishioners,

We’re about to celebrate Christmas, and there are many traditions that we may follow. Of course there are Christmas cookies, decorating the tree and the exchanging of presents. When we think of these traditions, we think about coming together with family and loved ones.

On Christmas, we’re celebrating a family; the family that was formed that night in a stable in Bethlehem. We’re also celebrating the love that we continue to receive from that stable. That loves brings us together to celebrate Christmas!

At this time, we also want to remember anyone who is in need of our prayers. Christmas is a difficult time for those who are alone, who have recently lost a loved one or are battling a serious illness. We want to pray for them and that they’re able to recognize the Christ child.

We also want to remember our servicemen and women, along with their families. As we continue to pray for peace, let’s also pray for our troops to return home safely and be together with their families.

Christmas has that unifying force. We celebrate that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son into the world so we could be saved, so we can one day live with God for all eternity. As we celebrate Christmas, let’s recognize the love God has for each one of us. Let’s return that love through our love for God and for one another.

To all Parishioners of St. Joseph and your families, have a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick